On June 10, 2020, the ninth Annual Discussion on the implementation of the OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security, chaired by Ukraine, was held in an online format.
The participants expressed confidence that ensuring implementation of the OSCE politico-military commitments, including the provisions of the Code of Conduct, by all participating States remains critically essential. Even 25 years after the adoption of the Code, its provisions, which establish high interstate and national standards of conduct, remain extremely important for the security of the entire OSCE community.
The Chairman of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation, Permanent Representative of Ukraine Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk, underlined that the illegal occupation of Crimea and Russia's destabilizing actions in eastern Ukraine is a reminder of the importance of adhering to the principles of interstate relations laid down in the Code of Conduct and their current unconditional relevance. The Delegation of Ukraine, in its national capacity, emphasized the violations of the Code of Conduct by the aggressor state related to the ongoing aggression and occupation of our country's territories and called on participating States to give a consolidated response to these flagrant violations in accordance with the provisions of this document.
The impact of the pandemic on the security and defence sector, respect for human rights of servicemen during emergency and epidemiological situations and ways to improve the equality of rights and opportunities of women and men in promoting peace, security and stability in the OSCE region, including in the implementation of the Code of Conduct, were also on the agenda.